Leslie Phillips in Harry Potter and the... | 2001
Clip Name: The Sorting Hat
About this actor
Leslie Samuel Phillips, CBE (born 20 April 1924) is an English actor. Originally known for work as a comedy actor, Phillips has appeared in character roles subsequently. Contrary to his public persona, Phillips came from a background of poverty. He was born in Tottenham, North London, England, the son of Cecelia Margaret (née Newlove) and Frederick Samuel Phillips, who worked at Glover and Main, manufacturers of cookers in Edmonton, London; the 'filthy, sulphurous' air of the factory gave him a weak heart and dropsy, leading to his death at the age of 44. In 1931, the family moved to Chingford, London where Phillips attended primary school. It was his mother who decided that Phillips should be sent to the Italia Conti Academy to receive elocution lessons in order to lose his natural cockney accent. At that time a strong regional accent from any city was a major impediment to an aspiring actor. It proved to be an astute move and by the age of 14 Phillips was the family's main...